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Friday, October 28, 2016
Kiernan: Iowa shows US can benefit from wind development
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Kiernan: Iowa shows US can benefit from wind development | AWEA: US has 20.3 GW of new wind capacity under development | BOEM plans N.Y. offshore wind leasing round for Dec. 15
Iowa generated 35% of its total electricity from wind over the past 12 months and has become a national success story in terms of the benefits it receives from wind development, writes American Wind Energy Association CEO Tom Kiernan. "As this growth continues, and Americans see the benefits of wind power firsthand, I expect their experiences will mirror Iowa's," he writes.
The US has 20.3 gigawatts of new wind capacity under various stages of development, according to the American Wind Energy Association. "This enormous growth reflects what we hear from states, utilities and Fortune 500 companies all the time -- wind power is increasingly their first choice for energy," said CEO Tom Kiernan.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management will hold an offshore wind leasing round for a 79,350-acre tract of space off the coast of New York state on Dec. 15, according to the Interior Department. BOEM said it has prequalified 14 companies to participate in the bidding process.
Nordex has won contracts to supply six projects in France with a total of 38 turbines, according to the company. Nordex said the projects will feature its N117/2400, N100/2500 and N90/2500 models and have a combined capacity of 93.3 megawatts.
Falck Renewables has begun generating power at a 25-megawatt wind farm in Ayrshire, Scotland, bringing its total installed wind capacity in the nation to 307 MW, according to the company. The company said it hopes to increase the number to 413 MW during the first quarter of 2017.
Vestas has secured the first certification for its V100 2-megawatt mark 10 version turbine under a new system that is administered by the International Electrotechnical Committee for Renewable Energy and issued by DNV GL, it said on Thursday. "What is unique about the IECRE system is that end-users, mainly our customers, together with equipment manufacturers and other stakeholders have substantially contributed to defining the new standards against which wind turbines are evaluated," said Vestas Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President Anders Vedel.
Whirlpool has begun installing a single turbine at its manufacturing facility in Ottawa, Ohio, according to the company. Earlier this year, Whirlpool said it also intends to install a total of five turbines between two other manufacturing plants in the state.
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad said that he is working to turn Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump onto the benefits of wind. "I think we're in the process of educating all candidates and all policymakers, at the federal and state level, how important this is," he said.
Renewable energy advocates are hoping Congress will pass a series of renewable energy tax credit extensions overlooked last year. Observers say support from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., could the votes needed to get through Congress.
With the first three quarters of 2016 now in the books, it's time to pause and take stock of where things stand. Here's what we see: a homegrown industry achieving milestones that seemed far-fetched just a few years ago. Read more.
When you get into a tight place, and everything goes against you till it seems as if you couldn't hold on a minute longer, never give up then, for that's just the place and time that the tide'll turn.
Harriet Beecher Stowe, abolitionist and writer
These stories were selected and summarized by independent editors at SmartBrief Inc., not by AWEA's staff, and do not represent AWEA positions. They reflect the variety of daily coverage of American wind power.